The wife and I were up in the Twin Cities celebrating our anniversary over the weekend. And of course, I couldn’t resist a visit to a climbing gym while we were there (thanks, honey )!
The cities sports two Vertical Endeavors; one in Minneapolis, and one in St. Paul. I chose to visit the Minneapolis location, as it was a bit larger in size.
Since I was without a partner, I was limited to bouldering and the auto-belays. The gym was pretty cool, although a bit dark, and I wasn’t really a fan of their no barefoot policy and chipped rubber flooring instead of mats. The route grading definitely wasn’t consistent with the grading used at Climb Iowa, which was a decent confidence boost, since I was able to on-sight several 11’s, including an 11d. My on-sight ability ends at 10cd per Climb Iowa’s grading. Unfortunately there were no 12’s on the autos, as given their grading, I might have been able to knock out my first 12!
Even though this gym was larger, and had taller walls, I think I still prefer Climb Iowa. Which is good, considering that’s the gym I have full time access to!